October 28, 2008

Search for the Unexpected

A group of unicorns is called a blessing.

A group of kangaroos is called a mob.

A group of owls is called a parliament.

A group of ravens is called a murder.

Mozambique has an AK-47 assault rifle on its flag.

Camels have a straight spine despite their hump.

One in 10 Europeans is allegedly conceived in an Ikea bed.

A surfer once sued another surfer for "stealing his wave." The case was thrown out because the court was unable to put a price on "pain and suffering" endured by the surfer watching someone else ride "his" wave.

The = sign was invented by 16th Century Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde, who was fed up with writing "is equal to" in his equations. He chose the two lines because "noe 2 thynges can be moare equalle".

NASA boss Michael Griffin has seven university degrees: a bachelor's degree, a PhD, and five masters degrees.

27% of female lottery winners hid their winning ticket in their bras.

In eighteenth century English gambling dens, there was an employee whose only job was to swallow the dice if there was a police raid.

In ancient Egypt, killing a cat was a crime punishable by death.

In ancient Greece, where the mouse was sacred to Apollo, mice were sometimes devoured by temple priests.

In a deck of poker cards, the King of Hearts appears to be sticking his sword through his head.

In Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained.

88 is used as a symbol. The 8th letter of the alphabet being H, Neo-Nazis take 88 as salute code (HH as "Heil Hitler").

In China, due to sound resemblance, 88 is used as a shorthand for "goodbye" in IM chats.

If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

On the door to Tutankhamen's tomb, so goes the legend, was inscribed a curse: "Death shall come on swift wings to him who disturbs the peace of the king..."

When Columbus landed on U.S. shores in 1492, his men plucked wide leaves from trees, marked them with images, and played the first round of poker game on New Continent.

In the country of Turkey, in the 16th and 17th centuries, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death.


The Muse said...

I so enjoyed reading this blog tonight...you brought a smile to my face :)

Moon Ⅱ said...

Thanks for your encouragement.
Just like what I wrote before in 30 Things About Me, I am always looking to please people or be of help in any possible way.